D'Artagnan knew his part well; he was aware that opportunity has a forelock
only for him who will take it and he was not a man to let it go by him without seizing it.
And hence the stately old dame, taking Time by the forelock
, leads him up and down the staircases, and along the galleries and passages, and through the rooms, to witness before he grows any older that everything is ready, that floors are rubbed bright, carpets spread, curtains shaken out, beds puffed and patted, still-room and kitchen cleared for action--all things prepared as beseems the Dedlock dignity.
In the surprising condition of the Crusader who absently pulled at his forelock
some hours after a Saracen scimitar had, unconsciously to him, passed through his neck, as related by de Joinville.
So, as it is easier for me to imitate him in this than in cleaving giants asunder, cutting off serpents' heads, slaying dragons, routing armies, destroying fleets, and breaking enchantments, and as this place is so well suited for a similar purpose, I must not allow the opportunity to escape which now so conveniently offers me its forelock
But his eye, under his matted forelock
, was cool and quiet, for Bagheera was his adviser in this time of trouble, and told him to go quietly, hunt slowly, and never, on any account, to lose his temper.
Take time by the forelock
. Poor Mr Doyce (who really is growing old) depends upon you.
Poyser's clock had of taking time by the forelock
had secured their arrival at the village while it was still a quarter to two, though almost every one who meant to go to church was already within the churchyard gates.
Involuntarily vomiting at the wallto-wall coverage of professional royalists tugging their forelocks
so hard they almost go blind.
In times gone by some land was held In common for the good of all And in those woods they could enjoy The green of spring, the gold of fall But some whose wealth allows them own Fine houses and the land about Have mounted gates in walls of stone To keep the common people out No matter that the woods aren't theirs And they have built outside the law Our councillors and officers Act like their ilk in days of yore They tug their forelocks
, bow and scrape And plead as gently as they can "Please your lordship, scrap the walls" It makes me seethe; so hear my plan
Members immediately fell on one knee, touched their forelocks
(those who had a forelock
to touch) and addressed the foolish one with "wouldst thou" and "Sire".
So, people, be prepared to start buying flat caps again, and learn how to tug your forelocks
to your masters.
Umar, from Nafi, from Aslam, that Umar commanded concerning dhimmis that they dock their forelocks
, ride upon pack saddles, ride side-saddle, not ride as the Muslims ride, and be sure to wear the belts (manatiq; or "girdles").